As a college lacrosse player in NCAA Division 1, Lambert lost her left leg above the knee in a moped accident. Her stirring comeback to college competition made national headlines. After graduating, she began running track and made an immediate impact: At the 2019 World Championships in Dubai, Campbell barely missed the podium while setting a new US national record for the 100 meters in classification T63. She will be competing in her first Paralympics at Tokyo.
Away from the track:
Lambert’s nonprofit, the Born to Run Foundation, raises funds to support amputees who lack the resources to purchase sports-oriented prosthetic equipment. The organization has provided support to more than a dozen amputees from around the country.
In their own words:
“I was never on the track team. I always played soccer, basketball and lacrosse. I had no idea what I was doing. I had never set up in blocks before.”
“I’m grateful, having this happen to me. I now think of it as such a positive. Before the accident, I never put in any extra work … Having this happen changed my work ethic.”
“I know I can be in the top five in Tokyo. But going against the best in the world is a medal in itself. It’s sobering and something to be grateful for. Nothing has been given to me.”
- Sport: Track & Field
- Limb Difference: Left above knee
- DOB: 1/24/97
- Residence: Medfield, MA
- College: U. of Massachusetts-Lowell
- Classification: T63